Fun-seekers defied the threat of another deadly ocean surge of the Atlantic Ocean to visit the Kuramo Beach for the public holiday.
Tuesday’s turn-out bettered that of the previous day, but most people stayed away from the water.
A surge, at the weekend, sacked an adjoining community, claiming lives and leaving some others missing.
In a swift reaction, the state government ordered the evacuation of people from around the Beach and the demolition of the shanties.
But none of the ugly issues surrounding Kuramo lately would work to deter the fun-seekers, who showed up for horse-riding, group photographs and such.
The Chairman of the Bar Beach Tourism Committee, Effiong Ekanem, however, described the Sallah festive period as a black one, considering the events of the last few days.
“Some of us lost our lost ones in the ocean surge. We should be celebrating, but the disaster is a source of concern to everyone,” he said.
PDP accuses Lagos government
In a related development, the State Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), on Monday, blamed sand-filling activities and the state government’s economic ambition for the deadly ocean surge.
A statement signed by the party’s chairman, Tunji Shelle, identified the sand-filling of land for the state’s Eko Atlantic project as responsible for the disaster.
Shelle asked that a proper Ecological and Environmental Impact Assessment be carried out prior to any coastal project.
“This is in the overall interest of the country and to particularly forestall further loss of lives and property arising from mismanaging the environment,” the party said.
“We are very pained by the wanton loss of lives and property prevalent only along the coastal lines of Lagos beaches.”
However, the Commissioner for Waterfront Infrastructure Development, Adesegun Oniru, debunked PDP’s claims, saying that the ocean surge has been an annual occurrence.
“Eko Atlantic Project does not cause big high waves,” he added.